BOTANICAL PROFILE: LOTUS FLOWER

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STORY: Lotus Flowers have long been held sacred by Buddhists, Hindus, and Egyptians, whom all believe that Lotus flowers bring prosperity, fertility, and allow the inner being to bloom. One of the fascinations of the lotus flower is that no matter how murky the pond in which it grows, it always emerges clean and beautiful. The lotus, therefore, symbolizes the journey from darkness (as depicted by the muddy pond) to the light of knowledge or wisdom.

SCENT: light green, sweet, and watery

SYMBOLISM: Thought of as a symbol of human consciousness on the path to spiritual enlightenment.

AROMATHERAPY PROPERTIES:  Calming, cooling and opening of the chakras. Helpful for spiritual connection and meditation.

PERFUME: According to the Egyptian Hieroglyphs Cleopatra used the sweet floral scent of the blue lotus. 

EFFECT ON SKIN: High in Vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, and linoleic acid, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants. 

FOOD: In addition to this plant being completely edible (from seeds, to the roots to the blossoms) the ancient Egyptians also consumed the blue lotus by including the lotus flowers in their wine. This was considered a shamanic ecstasy or positive mood enhancing practice as the blue lotus has unique alkaloids, which are alcohol soluble (and not water soluble).

SANGRE DE FRUTA USE: 'Morning Light Botanical Face Cream' (Launching soon!)


 

 

 


 

Welcome to the team Nicholas and Tanner!

And then there were three! Welcome to the Sangre de Fruta team Nicholas and Tanner! I am thrilled to be working with these two wonderfully creative and passionate talents to bring the next chapter of the Sangre de Fruta vision to fruition. 

Over two years ago now I launched Sangre de Fruta with big dreams and a lot of uncertainty. Thank you for joining me and supporting Sangre de Fruta so far on the journey! I'm over the moon to say that with the growth of Sangre de Fruta more little dreams (products, ideas, visions) will be coming alive. 

You can expect new creations to indulge your senses with texture, scent at the forefront using the most natural, ethical and beautiful ingredients we can find. And of course always made by hand with beauty, healing, and a touch of magic.  #beautymagicmedicine

XOX

Allison

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A BOTANICAL FEAST

At the end of the feast all that remains is the memory of sensual delight

The Sangre de Fruta products have been created to indulge the senses to take you somewhere or bring attention to the present moment. Like rituals of eating, self-care or beauty rituals can be as meaningful, rejuvenating and sensual as you make them.  

 Photography by Rachel Topham

Photography by Rachel Topham

 Photography by Rachel Topham.

Photography by Rachel Topham.

 Photography by Rachel Topham.

Photography by Rachel Topham.

NEW PRODUCT! 'JASMIN DE NUIT' BOTANICAL BODY CREAM

We’ve added a special edition scent to our signature Botanical Body Cream collection! This is the first new scent we've added to the collection of creams since launching almost 2 years ago. We've given it an extra special packaging featuring a beautiful beetle that a dear friend photographed on one of the islands off the coast of Vancouver.

 Jasmine, ‘Queen of the Night’, has long been used in love potions due to its powerful reputation as an aphrodisiac. Beyond the sensuality of the fragrance, Jasmine is beneficial to all skin types and especially helpful for dry, sensitive skin, and for reducing stretch marks and scarring. We’ve blended it with Sandalwood, also renowned for it’s skin revitalization properties and fittingly, it’s hypnotic fragrance. This cream has raised the bar for decadence in a jar! We can't wait for you to try it.

 

Shop 'Jasmin de Nuit' Body Cream

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We're thrilled to announce...

Our signature Botanical Body Cream which Goop describes as 'Exquisitely moisturizing, gorgeous-smelling, beyond-clean-and-non-toxicis being featured in this years Goop Pop-Up shop at Nordstrom! The featured scent, Vetiver & Fleur, is Goops best selling scent in the Sangre de Fruta collection and is described poetically by their beauty editor in a recent feature.

GIFT WITH PURCHASE 
In celebration of the launch we're offering a complementary travel size (30 ml) Vetiver & Fleur cream with all purchases on our website. (Valid May 18 - May 25). Enter code 'VETIVER' at checkout. 

 Penelope and I checking out the Vancouver shop : )

Penelope and I checking out the Vancouver shop : )

Couldn't have said it better ourselves...

Lola Gusman of the cheeky and chic blog "The Hermes Hippie" captured an element of the Sangre de Fruta brand so eloquently, we just couldn't help but share it... 

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Photo by @thehermeshippie

There is beauty in darkness - any goth will tell you that - and more often than not, a moody exterior conceals a radiant spirit. At first glance, @sangredefruta may seem like the perfect gift for the vampire-loving goth in your life. There's the name, with the word "blood" right in the title (of the fruit, but let's not allow details get in the way of the narrative). Then there's the black and white packaging, the vaguely gothic font and the scarab-like logo. Here's the thing though: what's inside these goth-y bottles and jars is, well, utterly delightful. The waterless body creams are incredibly rich and lush and have beautiful, yet gentle scents that won't compete with your perfume. Chamomile Anis has that perfect, bright anis-y tang in the warm base of chamomile, while Lavender By the Sea is crisp and sharp. Then there's the unscented version - a gift for sensitive noses and us preggos. The Chamomile Nu oil is light and fast-absorbing and its scent is actually more complex than implied by its name: the chamomile mingles with lavender and jasmine and the result is lightly floral and sensual. As for @sangredefruta's Botanical Tonics, they are a simple blend of plant EOs and water and can be used for your face, body and linens. The lavender one lives on my office desk and is a perfect way to wake up my skin (and calm me down after stressful conference calls). The Egyptian Chamomile one I keep by my bed and mist liberally all over myself and my pillows, with the soothing scent of chamomile sending me to gentle slumber. Are you ready to embrace the dark? - The Hermes Hippie

Read more of Lola's words on green skincare here.

TIPS: SENSUAL MASSAGE FOR YOUR SWEETHEART

 
 Photography by Iulia Agnew

Photography by Iulia Agnew

 

Body Parts - Don’t forget you can incorporate fists, elbows, and draping your body on your partner.

Touch - Use a combination of more therapeutic strokes, interspersed with light, feather touch using just your finger tips or finger nails to accentuate the sensual element. 

Pressure - Soft to medium pressure. The massage will be more sensual if you keep it lighter. 

Head and scalp -  Often forgotten is the head. Use all of your fingers to massage the entire scalp. Lift the head as needed, supporting it with one hand as you massage with the other. Gather sections of the hair and pull gently. 

Letting go - Encourage your partner to let go and NOT to help you in terms of moving their body into different positions. They are giving you the most help if they remain loose and limp and allow you to manipulate them as you desire.

Connection - Leave one hand or limb resting on your partners body while you move around their body or reach for more oil so the energy flow isn’t disturbed. 

Oil - Warm your massage oil in your hands before application. Sangre de Fruta’s Body Serums are fabulous for massage. Choose 'Jasmin de Nuit' for it’s aphrodisiac qualities, ‘Camomile Nu’ for it’s relaxing properties or ‘Mille Fleurs’ for it’s uplifting, energizing properties. 

Ambience - Add candles, soft fabrics, an eye mask and have a robe on hand for afterwards. 

Enjoy - most importantly enjoy the exploration of your partners body so you both benefit from the experience!

Enter code "FORLOVERS" for 15% off Body Serums and Gift Sets! Valid until 2/17/17

Beauty Essentials for Pregnancy

Founder Allison Audrey Weldon is weeks away from welcoming her baby girl into the world! And good news for moms and moms-to-be, Sangre de Fruta's collection now includes pre and post-natal-friendly products. The Unscented Body Cream was a direct result of her pregnancy (with gorgeous calendula, and the same rich texture as the signature creams). Rose No.1 cream is another product she highly recommends for delicate skin and moods during pregnancy.

A few more of Allison’s non-toxic products for those with child, or those sensitive to scents and synthetics looking for green no-compromise alternatives are: Mascara by W3ll People, nail polish without the dirty 5 toxins Gabriel Cosmetics and RMS Beauty, powdered dry shampoo by Lafes and botanical based liquid foundation by Sappho. With the lifestyle changes in being pregnant the little luxuries are even more precious!

Follow @allison.audrey on Instagram 

 Photography by Iulia Agnew

Photography by Iulia Agnew

ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE : JASMINE

JASMINE THE 'QUEEN OF THE NIGHT' IS PICKED AFTER SUNDOWN TO CAPTURE THE STRENGTH OF ITS ENCHANTING FRAGRANCE

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STORY  The delicate white flowers of this climbing tree are picked when the aroma is the most intense- at night. ‘Queen of the Night’, has long been used in love potions due to it’s powerful reputation as an aphrodisiac. It’s production requires huge quantities of flowers to make the oil and it’s extraction requires a delicate process and great skill making it precious and expensive.  One pound of Jasmine oil requires about 1,000 pounds of jasmine or 3.6 million fresh blossoms. 

SCENT  Rich, warm, heavy and fruity, intensely floral

AROMATHERAPY PROPERTIES Jasmine has an overall warming feeling to the emotions, it’s calming to the nerves and produces positive feelings of confidence. It restores vitality and is generally energizing. 

PERFUME  "Despite all the crisis, all the economic challenges, all the competition from synthetic products, the perfume of the jasmine flower remains one of the essential elements, and sometimes the main pillar in the structure of the greatest perfumes. " - Grasse chemist, Jean Garnero

EFFECT ON SKIN It’s a highly effective balm for dry and sensitive skin, and beneficial for all skin types. When blended with oils such as Lavender and Mandarin, it is used to soften stretch marks and scarring. It is also helpful for wrinkles and eczema. 

MEDICINE The essence is said to be helpful during labour to hasten delivery by strengthening contractions while helping with pain. Also reported to help relieve menstrual cramps and combat stress. 

SANGRE DE FRUTA USE  Jasmin de Nuit Tonic & Jasmin de Nuit Body Serum

RESOURCES

'Essence & Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume', Mandy Aftel

 'The Directory of Essential Oils', Wanda Sellar

 'Essential Oils: Desk Reference', Third Edition, Compiled by the Essential Science Publishing

A treat for yourself or a loved one

We're excited to announce that we'll have more Collection Gift Sets in stock for February including this decadent 'True Rose Collection'. There is nothing as deeply familiar yet erotic as the scent of organic Rose Otto essential oil. This sweet box contains 3 of our best selling products made with the oil.

Learn more about the history and uses of Rose Otto oil in our ingredients section.